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The Acadia Parish School Board derives its legal status from the State Legislature, which is subject to the Constitutions of the State of Louisiana and the United States.  The Legislature has been granted authority for creation of school boards by Article VIII, Section 9 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 which states:  "...The legislature shall create parish school boards and provide for the election of their members..."


The Acadia Parish School Board has been established as a body corporate charged with the establishment, maintenance, development and operation of an efficient public school program within the school district.  State and federal courts have held that the School Board is vested with a broad range of administrative and supervisory authority commensurate with the aforementioned prescribed educational responsibilities.


Members of the Acadia Parish School Board are officers of the state.  The School Board is the agency through which the school district acts in regard to school matters.  School Board members have authority only when functioning as a body or group in a legally called regular or special meeting.  The powers of the School Board are delegated only to the School Board as a body.  No authority is granted to members acting as individuals.


The School Board is cognizant that all actions must be taken in good faith, with reasonable prudence, sincerity and based on the belief that such actions are correct and in the best interests of the school district in accordance with the statutes and pertinent judicial precedents.



Ref:    Constitution of Louisiana, Art. VIII, Sec. 9

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:51, 17:1371, 17:1372, 17:1373

Hawthorne v. Jackson Parish School Board, 5 La. App. 508 (1927)


Acadia Parish School Board